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How To Recover A Locked Facebook Account

By Pranab Sen

✎ Key Takes:

» You can recover a locked Facebook account if you can’t log in by visiting www.facebook.com, clicking on “Forgot password,” and following the steps to confirm your identity.
» If your Facebook account is locked due to overuse of features, adding a new payment method, inappropriate posts, using a fake account, or accidental actions, follow the provided steps to confirm your identity and regain access to your account.

temporarily locked facebook app

Facebook locks your account when you overuse a feature without taking intervals, add a new credit/debit card, post something inappropriate, use a fake account, or by mistake.

How to Recover a Locked Facebook Account:

These are the methods you have to try with:

1. Recover With Email Verification

If your Facebook account is locked and you can’t log in to your account, you can recover it by verifying your email address. Facebook account gets locked out due to different reasons however if you follow the steps given below, you’ll be able to unlock and log in to your account once again very easily:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: First, go to the official website of Facebook which is www.facebook.com.

Step 2: Then you’ll need to click on Forgotten password?

 click on Forgot password

Step 3: It will ask you to enter your email address, phone number, or full name in the input box that appears on your screen.

Step 4: In the input box, you’ll need to enter your profile name correctly which you’re trying to find.

Step 5: Then click on the blue Search button.

click on the blue Search button

Step 6: It will show you the results that say Identify your account.

Step 7: You’ll find a list of accounts that matched your information.

Step 8: Find your account from the list and then click on This is my account next to it.

 click on This Is My Account

Step 9: A verification code will be sent to the email address associated with the account.

A verification code will be sent

Step 10: Enter the code in the input box after checking it.

Step 11: Click on Continue.

 Click on Continue on facebook

Step 12: Then you’ll be taken to the new page where you’ll need to create a password for your account

Step 13: Type a new password and then click on Continue.

 click on Continue

Your account’s password will be changed and you’ll be able to log in with your email address and new password.

2. Confirm Identity On Facebook

You can unlock your Facebook account by confirming your identity on Facebook. When Facebook notices unusual and suspicious activities on your account, it locks your account so that it can’t be used anymore without verification of the owner’s ID.

To confirm your identity on Facebook you’ll need to follow the steps below:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: First click on Get started that’s is displayed on the locked profile page of your Facebook account.

click on Get started
click on Next

Step 2: Click on Confirm your identity.

Click on Confirm your identity.

Step 3: Then click on Next.

click on Next.

Step 4: Enter your email address and enter re-enter your email address.

Step 5: Then checkmark the box that says I confirm this email address is secure and only I know the password to the email.

Step 6: Click on Next.

Enter email

Step 7: You’ll be taken to the Choose type of ID to upload page.

Step 8: Click on Show more to get the full list of IDs.

Click on Show more

Step 9: You need to select one of the displayed IDs.

Step 10: Then you need to click on Next.

Click on upload document

Step 11: You’ll be taken to the camera screen.

Click on camera

Step 12: Take a picture of the ID proof that you need to upload, then click on Submit.

Click on submit

Step 13: You’ll receive a message that says We’ve Received Your Information and within 24 hours your account will be unlocked.

3. Verify A Few Things and Get Unlocked

When your Facebook account is locked, it means that Facebook has noticed a few unusual activities on your account and has locked it. It may have been suspected that your account has got hacked, or has been taken over by a bot. In that case, you’ll need to prove your ownership of the account and do a security check to prove that your account is safe and is not hacked.

You’ll need to log in to your account and then you’ll find instructions promoted on your screen. Follow the instructions and then verify the activities you’ve done on your account previously. You may be given options to choose and confirm your date of birth. You’ll need to enter the birthday which you’ve provided during the signing up process. It can ask you to confirm and identify friends from tagged photos and do it correctly to get unlocked.

Why Does Facebook Lock Your Account:

These are the reasons for this below:

1. Your Recent Changes in Activity

Facebook locks your account for different reasons. It’s mostly when it notices the unusual changes and activities on your account. If you’ve recently added too many friends then Facebook may suspect that your account has been taken over by a bot or a hacker.

Even in the case where you remove too many friends by unfriending them or liking too many posts without taking intervals in between, Facebook will lock your account as you’re overusing the features and it makes your account look like it’s being handled by a robot.

Click on activity logs

You should never send friend requests or like too many posts at a time without taking intervals in between as Facebook may think that you’re using an automated system on your account to do so but if you want to send friend requests to other people, send few at once and then take short intervals in between as this will prevent your account from getting blocked.

2. Added a New Debit/Credit card to the Ads Account

Sometimes due to adding a new debit or credit card to your ads account Facebook locks your account as a suspect that your account is being handled by a hacker. Your account is locked to keep it safe from being used by any outsider.

You’ll need to prove that you’ve added the new credit or debit card and it belongs to you so that Facebook knows that no hacker has hacked into your account. You can confirm the email address that’s linked to your credit/debit card to verify your ownership of it.

Added a New DebitCredit card to Ads Account

If you notice that a new debit/credit card is added to your ads account that doesn’t belong to you, remove it and then change your account’s password. 

3. Posted Something That Goes Against T&C

You may have posted something offensive on your Facebook account that violates Facebook guidelines and conditions.

Posted Something That Goes Against T&C

Facebook immediately locks the account that violates the terms and conditions as it is a threat to the platform’s integrity. You should not post anything that indicates self-harm, promotes violence, hurts religious sentiment, etc.

4. For Using Fake Name

If you’ve created your account with fake information, especially a fake name, your account is most likely to get reported by other users on Facebook.

If someone has reported that your account is a fake one or you’re pretending to be someone else, Facebook reviews your account and locks it immediately.

You’ll need to confirm your identity by uploading an ID proof that your account is not fake. 

For Using Fake Name

However, if you’re using a fake account, then you can’t restore it. Create a new account with the correct information so that it doesn’t get locked again.

5. It Was a Mistake

Sometimes Facebook locks your account suspecting that the bot has taken over it. It is a mistake from their side and not your fault.  You need to go to the Help and Support section of Facebook and report the issue.

Click on help and support

Facebook will look into your report and then review it. Once it finds out that the lock was a mistake, your account will be unlocked and you’ll be able to use it without any problem.

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Pranab Sen is founder and author of Techniquehow.com. He is a full-time blogger, everything that gets published is from Pranab's hand. He likes to be a 'social media geek' since 2011 to understand the problems of readers more deeply and giving the solution through his writing.

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